For the previous month I sat on psychological pins and needles questioning how the 4 day work weeks at my regulation agency are going to end up. All of me, together with my coronary heart and ego wished this to be a hit.
Previously month, I interviewed our employees and attorneys, bought them to fill out surveys, monitored billings and collections, and analyzed the info. I in contrast all the pieces to once we had been working 5 days per week, and I have to say the outcomes are astonishing.
Let’s see the findings:
Billings for 4 day weeks vs. 5 day weeks at YLaw
I used to be encouraging our attorneys to attempt to obtain the identical targets they did after they labored 5 days per week, however I used to be astonished once I seemed on the information. Our attorneys billed a median of 13% extra working 4 days per week versus 5 days per week!
My goal was to be OK with a discount of 5%, however we bought an improve of 13% in billable targets! Causes I can consider for this are:
- We aren’t exhausted so we work more durable and are extra productive;
- Virtually nobody desires to return to five day work weeks so we wish to make this a hit;
- We’re extra centered and don’t procrastinate on the times we work;
Income for 4 day weeks vs. 5 day weeks
Not surprisingly, this was additionally astonishing. Our web earnings grew by 12% working 4 days as a substitute of 5 days per week! I used to be anticipating earnings to go down by 5% to 10% however the reverse occurred.
Report from Attorneys and Employees on Our Initiative
I bought our staff to fill out surveys on the finish of March (in the direction of the top of the primary month of making an attempt 4 day weeks), listed below are some questions and solutions:
Price working 4 days per week
Virtually 100% of all employees and attorneys gave it a 5 star!
Title 3 stuff you like about working 4 days per week:
Some solutions included:
Having the sooner or later off in the course of the week permits for a a lot wanted recharge which permits for me to focus and have much more vitality on the times I’m working.
I’ve extra vitality – emotional, psychological and bodily – working 1 day much less in the course of the week. I’m able to spend extra time with my kids. I’m able to accomplish issues that I in any other case don’t have time to do which has been life giving.
Stability, with the ability to do errands, and anxiousness
Title Three Stuff you do NOT like about working 4 day weeks
Over 80% of these surveyed stated there was nothing they didn’t like about working 4 day weeks. A number of the different solutions included:
Generally my days really feel a bit of extra overwhelming however I feel managing that can include time.
Time administration – nonetheless adjusting the work movement.
Submitting software information and dealing round courtroom deadlines with the brand new schedule is the one tough factor to handle right now.
How do you’re feeling emotionally in comparison with while you labored 5 days per week?
I prefer to suppose higher. Managing my stress ranges appear to be a bit of simpler.
Nice. Refreshed. Comfortable to deal with a mountain of emails.
A lot better, after the primary week I truly considerably decreased my ingesting
I’m happier with the 4 day week because it offers me extra vitality on the times when I’m at work.
Do you have got any issues concerning different attorneys and employees given this schedule? have you ever encountered points?
Over 90% of all surveyed stated transition was seamless and so they didn’t expertise points. Different answered included issues about emailed going unanswered on the day-off.
Thus far, I couldn’t ask for a greater final result. I feel 4 day work weeks are our future as a result of they make human sense and so long as we give them an opportunity, they might simply show to be a win-win for all concerned.
I’ll replace everybody after 3 months and allow you to know if we are going to make this everlasting for YLaw.
Written by Leena Yousefi, April 8, 2021.